Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the final Mann Ki Baat of 2022 and said that the country had become the world’s fifth largest economy this year.
“2022 was a wonderful year as India celebrated 75 years of Independence as the ‘Amrit Kaal’ began. India grew rapidly and became the fifth largest economy in the world, achieving an incredible record of 220 million vaccines and crossing the $400 billion mark in exports. “, Modi said on the 96th edition of PM’s monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat.
He also spoke about the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative and praised the launch of INS Vikrant.
The commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is an important moment in the ‘Amritkaal’ of India’s 75 years of independence, and represents the country’s confidence and prowess.
This indigenous aircraft carrier is a testament to the country’s technical prowess and engineering prowess. This demonstration of India’s self-sufficiency in producing an aircraft carrier will strengthen the country’s defense indigenization programs and the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
INS Vikrant, built at a cost of around Rs 20,000 crore, successfully completed the fourth and final phase of sea trials last month. With the construction of “Vikrant”, India has joined a select group of nations with the capability to design and build an aircraft carrier.
The ship has more than 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialized cabins for female officers.
INS Vikrant has a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The aircraft carrier is 262 meters long, 62 meters wide and 59 meters high. Her keel was laid in 2009.
In the speech, he also emphasized the country’s responsibility to chair the G20 summit this year.
“This year, India has also got the prestigious responsibility of chairing the G20 group. I discussed this in detail last time as well,” he said.
The G20 is the main forum for international economic cooperation, representing about 85% of world GDP, more than 75% of world trade and about two-thirds of the world’s population.
On December 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s agenda for the G20 will be inclusive, ambitious and action-oriented. In his blog post, PM Modi said India will work to promote a universal sense of unity and its priorities will be shaped not only in consultation with G20 partners but also with the Global South.
He emphasized that today’s major challenges such as climate change, terrorism and pandemics cannot be solved by fighting each other, but by acting together. “India’s G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented and decisive,” he wrote.
Referring to the theme – “One Land, One Family, One Future”, PM Modi said that India’s G20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of oneness. “This is not just a slogan. It takes into account the latest changes in the human condition, which we have collectively ignored,” he said.
Writing for the South-South Research Initiative (SSRI) think tank, Farjana Sharmin noted that India has finally had an opportunity to execute its global vision and grand strategy, and secondly, that the South Asian region will reap benefits through India’s leadership in the G-20.
Prime Minister Modi also extended his greetings on the occasion of Christmas.
He said: “Today is a day to remember the teachings of Jesus Christ. The festival of Christmas is being celebrated fervently all over the world. I extend my heartfelt greetings to everyone.”
On December 13, PM Modi invited people to share their contributions for this episode of Mann ki Baat and asked them to write in the NaMo app and MyGov app or record their messages on 1800-11-7800.
Sharing the invitation on MyGov, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “The last #MannKiBaat of 2022 will be held on 25th. I am looking forward to your input for the programme. Request you to write on NaMo App, MyGov or record. your message on 11-1800- at number 7800.
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